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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal, five stars side impact
'Good,' frontal, side, rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'poor,' small overlap frontal impact
Optional on Limited models is a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
A blind spot monitor with the rear cross traffic alerts is a $500 option.
class-leading eight airbags
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has a respectable safety roster, with eight airbags as standard equipment, including knee airbags. A Bluetooth hands-free interface and a rearview camera are also standard across the board, and blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts are available on the top trim level.
Its safety ratings, however, aren't quite top-notch. While the nearly identical 2015 model hasn't been fully rated by either the NHTSA or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), we have 2014 ratings to go on for now. The NHTSA rates the 2014 with four stars overall, with five stars for side crash and four each for frontal and rollover. The IIHS gives the 2014 RAV4 a 'Poor' rating in its new small overlap frontal test, top 'good' ratings in the other categories. There are small crossovers that fare better, which is something to keep in mind when shopping.
The RAV4's crash scores haven't kept up with evolving standards.